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We have lots going on in all our libraries for everyone, from weekly rhymetime sessions for babies to author events and special promotions.  Download What's On in Poole Libraries Jan-Mar 2017 for a great range of events.

Check our Twitter feed for further information on what's going on.

Click these links to find out about our regular events for adults and for children.


Special Events

For all our special events, you can book your free place by phoning 01202 262449 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk.

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


Home Library Service - 'Keep Reading' Information Mornings

If you or a friend or neighbour find it difficult to get to your local library, we can arrange for books to be delivered to your home free, at regular intervals, by volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service. To find out more come along to one of our information mornings or contact us at the numbers below.

Royal Voluntary Service: 01305 236666 - Poole Libraries: 01202 262424


Author Talk with M R Hall: A Life to Kill

Thursday 19 January, 7pm, Poole Central Library

Matthew Hall is a screenwriter, producer and former criminal barrister. A Life to Kill is his 7th novel featuring Coroner Jenny Cooper. If you are a fan of the series, come and find out how Matthew writes and where his inspiration comes from. If you're not a fan, you're in for a treat! 

Please book your place online, call 01202 262449 or ask at any library.

Search the catalogue to see what books by Matthew Hall are available to catch up on the series.


Unlocking the Bankes Archive 

Throughout January at Broadstone Library

Discover more about the Bankes family of Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy with this fascinating exhibition drawn from the family archive. The exhibition is produced by the Dorset History Centre with the aid of grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other generous donors.


Book to the future with the Reading Passport

Pick up a Reading Passport from any library and read your way through the decades from 1920 to the present day. Get your passport stamped for each book you read for the opportunity to win a suitcase full of books.


Poole Citizens Advice drop-in

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9.30am - 12 noon, Poole Central Library

Citizens Advice provides free, confidential and impartial advice. Their goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face. Drop in to find out more.


Present swaps

Saturday 14 January, 10.30am-12.30pm, Hamworthy Library

If you had Christmas presents that just aren't right for you come to our present swaps and exchange them for something different. All gifts welcome at Rossmore, smellies at Hamworthy.


Costa Book Awards

Choose the Book of the Year from the category winners. Find details of local events on our What to read next page.


Fantastic Fiction showcase

Monday 23 January, 2.30-4.30pm, Canford Cliffs Library

Fantastic Fiction has information on over 40,000 authors and 500,000 books, making it the avid reader's go-to resource. Drop in to find out how to use this useful website.


Ashley Cross then and now

Monday 23 January, 2.30-4.30pm, Parkstone Library

What did the conservation area of Ashley Cross look like in 1902? Bring in your books and maps to meet local lady, Ann Horan, and we can see how it compares with today.


Painting seascapes

Tuesday 24 January, 2.30-4pm, Canford Heath Library

Join artist Vic Martin for a mixed media art class on seascapes. booking essential.


Micro:bits for parents

Saturday 28 January, 10-11am, Poole Central Library

Has your child received a Micro:bit and you have no idea what they're talking about? Don't worry: come along to our free introduction to the Micro:bit and (very) basic coding for parents.


Chinese New Year Crafts - celebrate the Year of the Rooster with our fun craft sessions - roosters, dragons and lanterns galore.

Thursday 26 January, 3.15-4.15pm, Hamworthy Library

Saturday 28 January, Branksome Library, Canford Heath Library, Creekmoor Library, Oakdale Library and Poole Central Library - ask in the library for details or download our What's On brochure from the top of the page.


Bookstart Bear's Reading Adventure

Monday 30 January to Saturday 4 February, all libraries

Follow Bookstart Bear and his family on their reading adventure. Be the first to get your free Sticker Storybook in National Storytelling Week - there are 10 stickers to collect. For pre-schoolers. See Rhymetime sessions below.


If you are looking for family activities or activities for children, you should also check out the activities section of the Family Information Directory.


Regular events for adults

Adult story time  

Poole Central Library: Last Thursday of the month, 10:30am to 11:30am.

Citizen's Advice

Poole Central Library: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Drop-in session, no booking required.

For more information about Citizen's Advice visit their website.

Coffee mornings/days

Colouring for Adults

Join our free colouring-in groups and colour yourself calm. We will provide tea, pencils and some very intricate designs to get to work on, or feel free to bring your own and enjoy the company.     

Branksome Library: Tuesdays, 11am - 12pm 

Broadstone Library: Thursdays 2pm - 3pm 

Canford Cliffs Library: Wednesdays,  10.30am -12.30 pm 

Canford Heath Library: Thursdays, 10am - 12pm  

Creekmoor Library: Fridays, 2pm - 3pm

Hamworthy Library: Wednesdays, 2pm - 3pm

Oakdale Library: Mondays, 10.30am - 11.30am      

Parkstone Library: Fridays, 12.30pm - 2pm 

Poole Central Library: Tuesdays, 10am - 11am 

Rossmore Library: Mondays, 10.30am - 12pm


Councillor surgeries

Crosswords

Try out a crossword, easy or fiendish, it's your choice. Make new friends as you puzzle together.

Dominoes clubs

If you like to play dominoes, come to one of our clubs and find some worthy competitors.

Dorset Adult Aspergers Support

Rossmore Library, 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 11am to 1pm

Call in to ask for advice, meet others and share your stories, seek help and guidance.


Film Night

Twice a month it is Friday Film Night aHamworthy Library and we have some great films lined up for you. It normally starts 7:30pm, doors open 7pm. Pay just £3.00 at the door. You can even bring your own refreshments. Tell your friends, but come prepared to make new ones! See the Hamworthy Film Night Facebook page fo r more information, such as dates and start times.


Games Club for adults

Scrabble or chess, backgammon or tiddlywinks? Which is your game of choice? Bring a friend or meet new ones as you play games in the library.

Branksome Library: Fridays 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Canford Cliffs Library: Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:30pm

Canford Heath Library: 'Coffee & Games' Thursdays 10:00am - 12:00pm; 

                                        'Scrabble Club' Mondays 2:00pm - 4:00pm 

Creekmoor Library: 'Coffee & Games' Thursdays 10:30am - 12:00pm 

Hamworthy Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 12:30pm 

Parkstone Library: Tuesdays, 1:30pm - 2.30pm  

Poole Central Library: 'Coffee & Games' Fridays 10:00am - 11:00am 

Rossmore Library: Saturdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm 


Health and Fitness

  • 'Gentle Exercise Class' runs every Thursday at  Hamworthy Library  11.30am - 12.20pm
  • Pilates class at Hamworthy Library 5:30-6:30 every Tuesday

  • Yoga: Hamworthy Library every Wednesday 7.15 - 8.45pm.  £6 per session

  • Back Care Exercise Class at Hamworthy Library Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm


Jobs Hubs

More details on our Jobs Hubs page. Please note that Jobs Hubs will be closed for staff training on from 26-30 December and 13-17 February.


Knit and Natter

Knit and chat together and make new friends. Can’t knit? Come and learn.


Money Advice

Hamworthy Library: Hamworthy Money Advice Project Tel: 01202 668611 holds sessions in the library every Tuesday between 10.00 and 12.00. Just drop-in or make an appointment.

Rossmore Library: Benefits Advisor from Age UK, first Wednesday of the month 10am-1pm. Are you over 60? You may be entitled to benefits that you haven't claimed before. To book an appointment T: 01202 530530.


Neighbourhood Watch

Canford Cliffs Library: 1st Friday of the month 10:30am

Parkstone Library: last Friday of the month 11:00am to 12:00pm


Poetry Reading Group

Poole Central Library: 2nd Saturday of the month 10:00 to 11:30am

Please pick up your copies from Poole Central Library


Police surgeries

Canford Cliffs Library: first Friday of the month 10:30am to 12:00pm

Canford Heath Library: Please phone the library for the next surgery date.

Creekmoor Library: first Monday of the month 5:00 to 6:00pm

Hamworthy Library: first Saturday of the month 10:00 to 11:00am

Oakdale Library: last Friday of the month, 3:00 to 5:00pm (at the same time as Councillor's surgery)

Parkstone Library: last Friday in the month 10:00am to 12:00pm

For more details go to the Dorset Police website.


Reading Groups

Broadstone Library: The Untitled Reading Group meets third Wednesday each month 2:30pm

Canford Cliffs Library: third Wednesday of the month, 2:30pm to 3:30pm - contact the library for details of the next meeting

Canford Heath Library: The Canford Heath Reading Group meets on the last Thursday of each month at 2:00pm - contact the library for details of the next meeting

Creekmoor Library: Creekmoor Library Reading Group meets first Monday in the month at 2:00pm contact the library for details of the next meeting    

Creekmoor Library: Bookends Reading Group meets on the 1st Friday of the month at 10:30am. Please contact Ms C Wright on 01202 601948 for details of the next meeting

Creekmoor Library: Bookmark Reading Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month 10:30am to12:00pm

Hamworthy Library:The Ladies' No. 1 Reading Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month 2:00 to 4:00pm

Hamworthy Library: The Hamworthy Reading Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month 10:30am to 12:00pm

Oakdale Library: Last Friday of the month 2:30 to 3:30pm

Parkstone Library: Monday Readers meet on the last Monday of the month (from 30th January 2017)

Parkstone Library : Wednesday Page Turners meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am. 

Parkstone Library: Ashley Cross Reading Group meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at 11am

Poole Central Library: Monday Reading Group - meets the third Monday every month 2:30pm

Poole Central Library Reading Group - meets on a Wednesday every four weeks 2.30pm

Poole Central Library: Heard any good books lately?  Our reading group for blind and visually impaired people meets on the second Friday of the month at 10:30am to 12:30pm in Poole Central Library. Audio books supplied. For more information contact Janet on 01202 262452 or Dave on 01202 712869. In association with Dorset Blind Association.


Weekly shared reading groups

Relax and listen to short stories, poems and novels read aloud.  Have a chat about what we read together, and enjoy good company, good conversation and tea and biscuits!

Broadstone Library: Broadstone Stepping Stones reading group. For older people and people with memory problems. Every Monday, 11am - 12noon.

Broadstone Library: Make friends with a book. Every Thursday, 10.45am - 12pm.

Creekmoor Library: Make friends with a book. Every Wednesday, 2-3pm.

Oakdale Library: Make friends with a book. Every Monday 2:30 - 3.30pm.

Poole Library: Feel better with a book.  Every Tuesday, 2:00 – 3.00pm.

Rossmore Library: Natter chatter. Every Thursday morning 11.00am - 1pm - come along and enjoy a cup of coffee!

Would you like to help run one of these groups? We are always looking for volunteers to make the tea, help read the stories, and chat with others in the group. Phone Janet on 01202 262452 or email j.westcott@poole.gov.uk.


Sewing Bee

Bring your sewing and have a chat and a cuppa with us.

Creekmoor Library: Fridays 2-4pm



Regular events for children


Bookstart Rhymetime (for babies and toddlers)

Branksome Library        Mondays 2:15 to 2:45pm
                                         Wednesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Broadstone Library       Tuesdays 10:45 to 11:15am

Canford Cliffs Library   Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm

Canford Heath Library   Mondays 10:30 to 11:00am 
                                         Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm 

Creekmoor Library        Mondays 10:30 to 11:00am 

                                        Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30am (Stories, Rhythm & Rhyme)

Hamworthy Library        Thursdays 10:30am to 11:00am

Oakdale Library
             Wednesdays 10:15 to 10:45am

Parkstone Library          Mondays 11:00 to 11:30am (babies/toddlers) 

                                         Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm (under 5s)

Poole Central Library     Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:00am
                                         Thursdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Rossmore Library          Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:00am
                                         Fridays 11:00 to 11:30am


Baby Weigh sessions

Hamworthy Library: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 1:30pm to 2:30pm.
Bring any baby under one year old - no need to book just come along.


Storytimes

Most appropriate for ages 2-5. No need to book just come along

Branksome Library       Fridays 10:30 to 11:00am

Broadstone Library      Thursdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Canford Cliffs Library   Mondays 2:00 to 2:30pm

Canford Heath Library  Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm

Creekmoor Library        Mondays 2:00 to 2:30pm

Hamworthy Library       Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Oakdale Library             Mondays 10:30 to 11:00am

Parkstone Library         Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Poole Central Library    Wednesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Rossmore Library          Thursdays 10:30 to 11:00am


Polish Storytimes

2nd and 4th Thursday of every month 5.00 to 5.45, Poole Library.

Storytime for over 5's in Polish and English. Everyone welcome.
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


Multilingual Russian Storytime

1st Saturday of every month 1:00 to 2:00, Rossmore Library.

Join us for Storytime in Russian and English. Learn some Russian words and find out more about Russian culture. Everyone welcome. No booking required.


Children's Craft Activities

Oakdale Library: Saturdays 10:30am to 11:30am. Each activity has a seasonal theme. For ages 5-10. We supply all materials. This activity does not take place every week and places are limited, so ring 01202 262449 to avoid disappointment.

Poole Central Library: Every Saturday 11:00am to 12:00pm. For ages 4-11. No need to book - just come along.

Creekmoor Library: Drop in anytime on Tuesdays 11.00am-4.00pm.  No need to book.

Canford Heath Library: Every Saturday, 10.30am - 12.30pm. For under 10s, No need to book, just drop in.


Games Club for Children

Branksome Library: Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00pm.
                                   'Lego Club' 10:00am - 11:00am.

Broadstone Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 11:30am 
                                   'Lego Club' 11:30am - 12:30pm.

Canford Cliffs Library: Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00pm.

Canford Heath Library: Tuesdays 3:30pm - 4:30pm.
                                        'Lego Club' Saturdays 10.30am -12.30pm.

Creekmoor Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 11.30am.

Hamworthy Library: Tuesdays 3:00pm - 4:00pm.
                                   'Children's Lego Club' Thursdays 3:00pm - 4:00pm.

Oakdale Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 12:30pm.

Parkstone Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 11:30am

Poole Central Library: Mondays 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

Rossmore Library: Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00pm. 
Drawing & Colouring for Children & Families every Tuesday and Thursday 3.30-5pm.


Lego clubs

Branksome Library: Saturdays 10 - 11am

Broadstone Library: Saturdays 11.30am - 12.30pm

Canford Heath Library: Saturdays 10.30am - 12.30pm

Creekmoor Library: Saturdays 10.30am - 12pm

Hamworthy Library: Thursdays 3-4pm

Oakdale Library: Saturdays 11.30am - 12.30pm

Poole Central Library: Tuesdays, 4 - 5pm

Rossmore Library: Saturdays 11am - 12pm

 

Homework Clubs

Branksome Library: Monday and Friday 3:45 - 4:45pm

Broadstone Library: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:00 - 4:30pm

Canford Cliffs Library: Monday 4:30 - 5:30pm

Canford Heath Library: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 3:00 - 4:30pm

Creekmoor Library: Monday 4.30 - 5:30pm

Hamworthy Library: Monday to Friday 3:00 - 4:30pm and Saturdays 10.30am to 12.30pm

Oakdale Library: Monday 3:30 - 4:30pm

Parkstone Library: Mondays 3:30 - 4:30pm

Poole Central Library: Monday to Friday 3:30 - 5:00pm

Rossmore Library: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:00 - 4:30pm


Spanish for Children aged 4 - 11

Parkstone Library: Fridays 4:00pm to 4:30pm (Term Time)


The Mix: support group for parents and children with Autism, behavioural and developmental problems

Rossmore Library, 2nd Monday of the month, 10am to 12pm


Toy Library

Creekmoor Children's Centre Toy Library runs during normal library opening hours. Borrowers must register with the Children's Centre and the Library. Membership is free.

For more information contact Creekmoor Library on 01202 659289.

If you are looking for family activities or activities for children, you should also check out the activities section of the Family Information Directory.


 


 Arts Award - Poole Libraries are Arts Award Supporters

Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that aims to help young peopled aged 7-25 to explore their creative skills and to develop as artists and arts leaders. 

All Poole Libraries are Arts Award Supporters.  We offer activities such as author / illustrator events, arts and cultural activities, the Summer Reading Challenge and we have lots of volunteering opportunities.  You can count attendance or volunteering at any of our events for children and teens as part of your Arts Award. To find out more about Arts Award please visit the Arts Award website.

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